March 05, 2012

NEW YORK - Jenner & Block today announced that Partner Peter B. Pope has been named New York Office Chair of the Firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice.

Mr. Pope joined Jenner & Block in 2010.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Pope headed the Criminal Division for the New York State Attorney General's office during the era that Eliot Spitzer transformed it into a national force for financial prosecutions.  He had previously worked as an organized crime prosecutor for Robert Morgenthau and had been a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.  More recently, Mr. Pope was a top policy aide to Governors David Paterson and Spitzer, and a campaign advisor to current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  Mr. Pope has also been a partner of leading Manhattan defense lawyer Stanley Arkin.

The team that Mr. Pope will lead has an impressive scope of experience, and includes alumni from all four of New York’s key prosecuting offices – the Southern and Eastern Districts, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and the Office of the Attorney General.  The depth of the team’s investigative and trial experience has attracted a wide range of individual clients and has led numerous major companies to turn to Jenner & Block for internal investigations on highly sensitive matters.

Mr. Pope attended Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he was a Notes editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Jenner & Block has made an impressive impact in New York since it opened its New York office in 2005: 

  • Chairman of the firm Anton R. Valukas – former U.S. Attorney in Chicago – was the court-appointed Examiner in New York in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, producing a report that the presiding judge described as “the most outstanding piece of work product ever produced by an examiner.” 
  • Mr. Pope leads teams conducting sensitive international, internal corporate investigations – traveling to the Far East, Africa, and South America.  He represents a client in the Southern District prosecution of former New York State Senator Carl Kruger.  He represented the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office during the “Troopergate” investigation, and has recently represented a client suspected of being a primary Madoff feeder, a client targeted in the Attorney General’s pay-to-play investigation, and a client investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney in a construction industry probe – all resulting in non-criminal outcomes. 
  •  Partner Katya Jestin is currently representing high-value Guantanamo detainee Majid Khan in proceedings that will become an indelible part of the nation's legal history. Ms. Jestin also leads the defense team in a significant federal grand jury investigation in the subprime area and also represents individuals in New York, the Middle East and Europe in a major OFAC probe.  She represented the CFO of a hedge fund in a well-publicized Southern District prosecution in 2011.
  • Partners Charles B. Sklarsky and Chris C. Gair, both former federal prosecutors in Chicago, represent a client in the largest tax shelter prosecution in history, United States v. Daugerdas, before Judge Pauley in the SDNY.  The case has been prominently featured in the media. 

Until late last year, Jenner & Block's New York white collar group was headed by Andrew Weissmann, former head of the Department of Justice's Enron Task Force and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.  Mr. Weissmann left the firm in late 2011 to become General Counsel of the FBI, following a long Jenner & Block tradition of public service.  Other former Firm partners now or recently in government service include Donald B. Verrilli, Solicitor General of the United States; Thomas J. Perrelli, former Associate Attorney General; and Jeremy Creelan, Special Counsel for Public Integrity and Ethics Reform to Governor Andrew Cuomo.